Breast Biopsy

Please notify our staff when you are making your appointment if you are taking blood thinners because you may need to stop these temporarily before your biopsy. Please also discuss this with your referring Doctor.


A biopsy is the removal of tissue or cells from your breast by a needle placed through the skin and sent to Pathology for examination.

Breast biopsies may be performed using mammography, ultrasound or MRI for guidance.


If your Doctor or our Radiologist has recommended a breast biopsy for you, this will be explained to you and you will be given an opportunity to ask questions. We also have some printed reading material available.


On the day of your biopsy it is best to arrive in a two-piece outfit and you will be asked to change into a gown.

Our nurse will discuss the procedure with you in detail and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

The breast biopsy is performed by a Radiologist using local anaesthetic to ensure the area to be biopsied is numb. Several small samples are usually taken and these are sent to a Pathologist for examination under the microscope.


A breast biopsy usually takes less than 30 minutes and you will be required to remain for a few minutes after the procedure for observation.

Most women can return to normal duties after a breast biopsy but we ask you to refrain from vigorous exercise or heavy lifting on the day of your procedure.


Breast biopsy results are usually available within 2-4 days and you will need to contact your referring Doctor for results.